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Wrapping up a Successful Interview

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Published on Jan 13, 2014

This video provides excellent interview tips on the topic "Wrapping up a successful interview". Any prospective job seeker can get an idea about how to tackle this topic by listening to this video. This is the perfect way to handle this topic in a job interview.

Keys to wrapping up a successful interview

• Be prepared to ask questions. Remember, an interview is a two-way street. Your job is to find out if the company, the industry and the hiring manager are right for you. Don't be shy about asking the interviewer some rather tough questions of your own.

• Don't ask about time off. At least not before you're offered the job.

• Don't ask about salary or benefits. Wait until you are offered the job. You don't want money to be a factor when the interviewer is considering whether you are the best person for the job.

• Prepare a closing argument. This should briefly summarize your strengths, skills, and accomplishments, and underline those that the interviewer has already told you are key to the job.

• Don't give out the names of your references. Instead, take the time to notify these people that they may hear from your prospective employer and let them know what you want them to stress (or leave out)..

Money Talks

No one likes to talk about money during an interview. It seems "indelicate," somehow. But that doesn't mean you should avoid it completely. Just remember that timing is everything.

My own rule of thumb is simple: Don't discuss dollars and cents until after you've convinced the interviewer that you're the best person for the job.

That's why I've relegated the first question on salary to near the end of the final chapter. Until you've made it over all the other interview hurdles, the interviewer is still assessing your ability. And he or she is probably still seeing other contenders as well—some whose talent may come cheaper than yours.

But even if an interviewer tries to pressure you into naming a specific number early in the game, avoid committing yourself. Instead, name a very broad range. You might
say, "I believe a fair wage for this kind of position would be something like $30,000 to $40,000."

Be sure the bottom end of that range is no less than the minimum salary you would be willing to accept for the position.
Once the employer has made his decision, you're in a much stronger bargaining position.

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